Death of a Norn
17 hours and 12 minutes.
Meet Ecru Axe. She's been a fixture of my Imperator Dragon testworld for over 17 hours. It's funny when you know for a fact that their end is coming soon, at a specific time. The max lifespan of any Dragon Norn so far is 17 hours 33 minutes. So she's going to die soon. And there's very little I could do to stop it. I could give her a Cupid's Halo, but that's the only way, and if it ever bugged out she'd be gone. I usually bestow that on a pair of Gen1s to keep the bloodline from mutating away from its origins too much, but I didn't this time. Just forgot. So all the Gen1s are long gone. Ecru was one of the first Gen3s to hatch. There are younger ones of course, because of egg piling. It'll be a while yet before the last Gen3 egg hatches, lives, and dies.
Still, though. Her personal time is coming to a close soon.
17 hours, 15 minutes.
She pushes a portal and warps through the network, appearing in the Hydro Nornterrarium. Here she gets into an amorous fight with a Gen4 male, Vermilion Axe. Though a well-grown adult himself at 7 hours 44 minutes of age, he's significantly younger. That doesn't stop Ecru from flirting. Soon they're joined by another Gen4 male, Cynical Sundew. The three of them engage in some friendly slapping (since it takes a lot of hitting to really injure a dragon norn, mild bouts of slapping don't do much to change their opinion of each other and friendly individuals are still wont to slap each other).
The three then share a meal of goldfishies, all choosing to eat at roughly the same time. I know better than to think it was a purposefully shared activity, or that their opinions or choices really influenced each other - but it was interesting to watch anyhow. My brain wants to make those connections even though it knows better.
Cynical Sundew wanders off to look for a toy. Ecru and Vermilion decide to have a nap, joined shortly by another Gen4 male, Titanium Sign, coming through the portal. 17 hours, 20 minutes.
31 minutes. I start to think she's going to go in her sleep. She keeps waking up, indulging in a kiss, a slap, or a snack, perhaps a pull seed or a get critter, then going right back to sleep.